POSTED: January 4th 2010
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Lula, Cesar Cielo and Sarah Menezes honored in Brazil Olympic Awards

(LtoR) Cesar Cielo, President Lula and Sarah Menezes were honored by the Brazilian Olympic Committee / Image: BOC
(LtoR) Cesar Cielo, President Lula and Sarah Menezes were honored by the Brazilian Olympic Committee / Image: BOC

Lula received the Olympic Personality trophy from Carlos Nuzman / Image: BOC
Lula received the Olympic Personality trophy from Carlos Nuzman / Image: BOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jan 04: The voting public has honored President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as Olympic Personality of the year for his relentless dedication to the triumphant Rio 2016 Olympic bid. The contest was carried out at the end of 2009 by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC)

Over 375 thousand internet users cast their votes for male and female athletes of the year and the winners were 50m and 100m freestyle world record holder, Cesar Cielo, and judoka Sarah Menezes, two-time world junior champion in the -48kg category. Six finalists were in the running for the honors.

BOC president and IOC member, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, said, “The year 2009 was very special for sports in Brazil, with great wins within and outside the competition venues.  To turn into reality the Brazilian dream of staging an edition of the Olympic Games, we needed all possible support, from the Three Levels of Government to the members of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Candidacy Committee. 

“Now, all of us together will build up this dream.”

On October 2nd Rio de Janeiro won the election to host the 2016 summer Games and make the first edition of the Olympics to be held in South America. Lula broke down in grateful tears of joy at the press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark after the final election.


Keywords · Rio 2016 · Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva · Cesar Cielo · Sarah Menezes · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · BOC


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